The places fairytales were written about…
THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE TRAVEL BLOG…Hi! I’m Christa Thompson, creator of The Fairytale Traveler. I am no ordinary travel blogger, and you are no ordinary person if you’ve arrived here. So, welcome to my travel blog… the only travel destinations resource for all places related to legend, myth and lore. If you’re looking for the best places to travel, off the beaten path, to an enchanting experience, then you’re in the right place.
I’m exploring everything from castles to headstones, from the forests to the seas, and places where legends of monsters and princesses hundreds of years past are still told. I invite you to follow me on my adventure travel journey to where folklore, legend and mythology come to life, in every beautiful, and every dark corner of this world. Are you with me?
Germany is home to some of the world’s most romantic castle hotels. Having lent its landscape of dark forests, rolling emerald hills, and sleepy valleys to the fairy tales we have grown with, you might be inclined to think of regions like Bavaria and Hesse as “Ever After”. The “Fairytale Route” and “Romantic Road” highlight centuries of Germanic folklore and Renaissance history -a history that has left a footprint of medieval times, echoing legends of monsters, knights and princesses…and maybe even a prince charming. Here are 9 of Germany’s most romantic castle hotels. Continue reading
There are fairy sites documented all over the world. It is something that makes my job as the Fairytale Traveler a bit overwhelming at times. There are stories, especially in Irish folklore and mythology, that date back to times long before written legends. So, in an effort to source these fantastic places, and to uncover the enchanting legends that may not make it off their salty shores, I have started a list of fairy sites. This one takes us to Cumbria, a region in England that is teeming with fairy legends. From it’s rolling hills to its crashing sea, and all of the sprawling forests and lakes between, Cumbria is the fabric of fairy folklore in the U.K.. Here are 3 sites in the many, that you can visit when in Cumbria, UK. Continue reading
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Glendalough, meaning “the glen of two lakes”, is probably one of the most important locations in Ireland with relation to legend, myth and lore. It is there, at the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough where, the earliest known written Irish stories that survive were transcribed. Continue reading
During my recent visit to Dublin, Ireland I was able to make my way over to the Old Library at Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells Exhibit. Continue reading
If you’re looking for fairy tales, class, and hospitality fit for a king then search no more. Tarrytown, New York’s Castle Hotel & Spa is ground zero at the dream factory.
Picture yourself in a land far, far away, a land set high above hills with winding roads and the pinkest roses you’ve ever seen. Now picture this land just a half hour outside of Manhattan, NY.
During my trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY I was able to make my way over to this magnificent American castle that sits high above the Hudson Valley with over 100 years of history. The grounds are flawless, even in late October the lawn is as green as emeralds -a blanket for the Continue reading
TBEX is full of opportunity if you just play your cards right
Hold on, first things first, what an amazing TBEX! Failte Ireland and TBEX came together to create one (if not the) most memorable TBEX experiences ever! A huge thank you for all of the HARD work you put into making this event so special. Well done. Continue reading
I started this journey for one reason. Not to make money. Not to travel for free. Not for the perks (although the perks never hurt). I started this journey to enrich my little boy’s life with culture, heritage, and the idea that if you hold on to what you are truly passionate about, you really can be a part of it, and make it your life’s work. I wanted to build something for him to grow up with, something he could be proud of, something that would be beyond the wildest dreams of most five year olds. Continue reading
Airports can be stressful. It seems like it’s a hustle from the moment you enter the building; dragging your luggage, reading the signs, trying to figure out where you are, where you’re going, and even getting bumped into along the way. Air travel can really suck but, if you’re catching a flight to Tampa or leaving the Sunshine State, you’re on the bright side of the clouds.
As a travel writer with a great deal of air miles both domestic and international, I can say that I have a pretty novice opinion of airports in the United States. I was recently asked during a survey for Johnny Jet’s, Travel Style, “What is your favorite U.S. airport?” Answer: “Tampa International, I will take this to my grave.” Continue reading
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked down Avon Street to the International Cryptozoology Museum. The only one of its kind, the museum showcases a bizarre, extraordinary and diligent collection of mythical and unusual creatures from around the world. In other words, if you’re looking for the Jersey Devil or Bigfoot, this is your best bet at finding them.
At first I wasn’t sold. I was not totally impressed with the museum itself, its artifacts crammed together like some sort of man-cave den, looked more like a collection of souvenirs acquired by founder and director Loren Coleman. However, I wasn’t so quick to give up either…and so I began to browse. Continue reading
Take a tour of the inspirational places behind the legendary stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. Contributing storyteller and Brit, William Bundy, describes a few locations on the Tolkien Trail in England. Part of the, Mapping Middle Earth series by the Fairytale Traveler. Continue reading
The American Slave Trade is thought by many to be the dawn of black history in the United States. There are legends in the deep south of slavery, and in the north of patriots that ultimately waged war on this trade. However, there is more to the story than that. There is more to Black History in the United States than just slavery and freedom. It begins in St. Augustine with the first African-Americans, the first enslaved Africans and the first freed ones. Continue reading
Regarding Tarry Town, NY
Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley among high hills which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook murmurs through it and, with the occasional whistle of a quail or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks the uniform tranquility. From the listless repose of the place, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow.”
- Washington Irving, American author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Continue reading